Improper Payments in the Federal Government: Student Aid
PURPOSE: To evaluate the Department of Education's (the Department) progress towards accurately estimating improper payments and its plans to prevent them in the future. To examine how the Department recovers overpayments. BACKGROUND:
Examining ‘Sue and Settle’ Agreements: Part I
PURPOSE: To examine how environmental advocacy groups and federal agencies regulate through consent decrees using citizen lawsuit provisions in environmental laws. To discuss these lawsuits' impact on businesses and landowners, as well as potential long-term solutions. BACKGROUND:
Protecting American’s Identities: Examining Efforts to Limit the Use of Social Security Numbers
PURPOSE: To examine efforts by federal agencies to reduce the use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and the security challenges facing these agencies. BACKGROUND: In 2007, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required all federal agencies to identify opportunities to reduce ...
Federal Employee Compensation: An Update
TAKEAWAYS: An April Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report found federal employees earn 17 percent more than comparable private sector employees. Most federal employees receive compensation through the outdated ...
Examining a Church’s Right to Free Speech
PURPOSE: To examine the Johnson Amendment's effect on churches' and other non-profit organizations' freedom of speech. BACKGROUND: The Johnson Amendment prohibits churches and charitable organizations from engaging in any political campaign activity - violators risk losing their tax ...
Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach
TAKEAWAYS: The Department of Education (the Department) refuses to recognize this as a "data breach" and has not implemented solutions to fix the vulnerabilities.
Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
PURPOSE: To examine the distribution of red snapper allotments between commercial and recreational anglers, and state versus federal regulation of snapper fishing. BACKGROUND: The federal government imposes catch ratios on red snapper ...
The Border Wall: Strengthening our National Security
PURPOSE: To discuss the costs of illegal immigration and the benefits that a border wall would provide to national security, economy, and respect for the rule of law.
Reviewing the Unintended Consequences of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
PURPOSE: To examine the effects of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on the U.S. and international economy, as well as potential legislative remedies. BACKGROUND: Signed into law in 2010, FATCA requires non-U.S. financial institutions to report assets and identities ...
Unfunded Mandates: Examining Federally Imposed Burdens on State and Local Government
PURPOSE: To examine the burdens of unfunded mandates on state and local governments. To hear from several state and local officials about how unfunded mandates affect their communities BACKGROUND: Unfunded mandates are legislative or ...